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(pronounced “soozjoo”) is the Portuguese word for dirty. And that brings us to our “daily living in Africa” reality.

Today’s difference between living in the States and here: Super Dirt!


Dirt, dirt, dirt and more dirt.

I’m not just talking about outside. Oooh no, that dirt finds it’s way into everything. It casually floats in through the window, covering everything. Like I’m talking EVERYTHING! My Bible sat on the shelf for 2 days, because I used a different Bible one day, and that shelf Bible had a layer of dust that slid down the cover like it had been on an American shelf for years! Now that could be a sermon illustration in itself about the importance of daily Bible reading, but I’m no pastor. πŸ˜‰

Dust. Dirt. And more dirt!

This is one day’s worth of dirt.


(Can you tell who wore princess shoes most of the day?)


And we don’t even live on a dirt road!!! And we have a paved yard!!!

Can you tell why we take nightly baths around here?!!

So we have two choices: embrace the reality of dirt or be miserable.

Guess which choice we’ve made? πŸ˜‰

So next time you dump out the vacuum canister and feel overwhelmed by the dirt, recall that picture of our filthy feet and smile. =)

Sometimes you just have to laugh – afterall it’s Africa!


Have you ever thought that the all-sufficient Savior has promised those who walk in blind faith more than our minds can ever comprehend? That the only True Savior renews our minds, even when we feel most useless toward His Kingdom work? The Lord of all dares to touch our hearts, even as we stumble to find obedience. Oh how this soul wishes we Christians would embrace His Truth! And that the world would be different because of obedient hearts. Lord, change me. Lord, change us. All for Your glory. ---------- I am a Jesus-follower, a Homemaker, a Wife of the best man EVER, a Mom of 4 wonderful girls, a missionary in Africa, a Friend, an Encourager, a Seeker of integrity who is unsatisfied with a mediocre walk in Christ, and Blessed beyond any words that I could ever express. Thanks for being interested in my little slice of the world.

5 thoughts on “Sujo

  1. Wow. Those little feet tell all. Great visual! Definitely an adjustment I would have difficulty with.

    Keep on laughing. I’ve heard it is one of the best medicines. πŸ˜†

  2. Monica we can relate to this totally πŸ™‚ The dirt in Peru is just like that everywhere! We don’t have a bath where we are at and the showers are freezing so we have been using rags and heated up water our kids are a mess lol.

    1. Yeah, sure is crazy! Glad you all are improving well. =) One of our water tanks sits in the sun and we’re thankful for an option of warmer water, verse the liquid lava with the water heater. πŸ˜‰ We’re looking forward to hearing of you all moving into your own place soon. =)

  3. Oooh, that sujo! Question: Does one not wear shoes in order to keep the carpet (or tile) clean? Lol. Keep posting…I enjoy your posts. πŸ’• πŸ™πŸ»

    1. Excellent question. No carpet here in Africa and since our shoes are covered in dirt, it’s kind of a self-defeating process. Bare feet or shoes = dirt everywhere regardless. A bonus of bare feet is washing all the dirt away at random intervals should we do things like nap without dirt all in our beds. πŸ˜‰ Our germ fighting plan is to always wash our hands, arms and faces when we come back in from outside or before a snack or meal. And sometimes I take just one glance at one of the girls and send them in to get washed up. Hehe. Africa sure is dirty! =)

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